Eurosphere agenda: ” Syria talks in Vienna…

A new round of international talks on a solution to the Syria crisis starts today in Vienna. For the first timeIran – alongside Russia, the most important supporter of the Assad regime – will be at the table. In view of the conflicting interests of the different players a quick agreement won’t be on the cards, some commentators predict. Others argue that the war in Syria can only be ended by deploying ground troops.

Georges Dassis is the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

Scotland might keep the UK in Europe

Could Scottish ‘yes’ voters deprive the eurosceptics of victory in the EU referendum?

Alex Salmond meets EU citizens in Scotland to affirm Scotland's place in the EU, September 2014.Alex Salmond meets EU citizens in Scotland to affirm Scotland’s place in the EU, September 2014. Demotix/ Ken Jack. All rights reserved.Much of the debate on how Scotland will vote in the EU referendum has focused on whether a Scottish ‘yes’ and an English ‘no’ might trigger a second independence referendum – with England leaving the EU and Scotland staying in as a new member state.

A right-wing extremist, Orbán has sealed off Hungary’s southern borders and cited a threat to European culture and Christian values from an influx of hundreds of thousands of mostly Muslim refugees into the European Union this year.

European leaders discuss refugee crisis at tense Brussels summit

Draft plan drew criticism for proposing Balkan countries should stop allowing refugees to pass into neighbouring countries without first securing consent

European leaders have met for a tense summit in Brussels to try to agree a plan for managing large numbers of refugees making their way through Turkey, Greece and the western Balkans desperate to reach places such as Germany and Scandinavia before winter.

WARNING: This video has images that some viewers may find disturbing.

Tsipras: Unlike Hungary, Athens will help resolve the refugee crisis

Greece will help the EU tackle the refugee crisis, despite certain member states’ unwillingness to contribute,  Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday (29 October). EurActiv Greece reports.


VIDEO: Tear gas ends Montenegro protests

Dozens of people are injured in Montenegro after clashes erupt at a demonstration demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic.

“One very simple, but radical, idea: to democratise Europe.” An interview with Yanis Varoufakis

As he prepares to launch a new, pan-European movement for change, Yanis Varoufakis sits down with Can Europe make it? to discuss democracy in Europe, Brexit, and the other part of Plan X.


VIDEO: Sheltering in boxes at German border

Some people waiting to cross from Austria into Germany have had to take shelter from the cold in cardboard boxes.
Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania say they will close their borders if Germany or other countries do the same to stop refugees coming in, warning they will not allow the Balkan region to become a buffer zone for stranded migrants

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